.Speaker Group: Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Europe 2024

Werner Müller-Veith

Werner Müller-Veith has been serving as the CEO of Photoneo Sensors & Automation since October 2021. A Telecommunications engineer by education, he graduated from Danube University in Krems, Austria, as a certified board member. His 25+ years of international management experience includes successful assignments in the USA, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. Prior roles included leadership… Read more »

Tobias Gagern

Tobias Gagern blends a solid foundation in Technology & Management from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) with hands-on experience acquired at Volkswagen’s Smart Production Lab, where he earned his Master’s degree. As a co-founder of SYNAOS, he initially served as the CTO, dedicating himself to research and the foundational stages of development. His efforts… Read more »

Heiko Gierdhardt

Dr Heiko Gierhardt holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Technology Munich. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Technology Berlin. Heiko has worked as Project Manager and Head of Supplier Quality in Porsche, Head of Global Lean Program at Schaeffler AG and Head of Launch Management at Volkswagen Poznan. Since… Read more »

Will Kinghorn

Will is the automation and robotics specialist for the Made Smarter Adoption Programme in the North West, where he advises and supports manufacturing companies with the adoption of new technologies.  Will is a chartered manufacturing engineer with the IMechE, and his background is in the aerospace industry where he developed and implemented new manufacturing techniques… Read more »

Gabriel Gonzalez Alonso

55 yo / 4 children / born in Spain/ Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from Institut Catholique des Arts et Metiers at Madrid Currently and since 2020 SVP, Head of Corporate Production Management at ZF in charge of Industry 4.0, Industrial Performance Management, Performance Analytics and Industrial Strategy as well as Advanced Manufacturing Engineering 29 yrs… Read more »

Thomas Fischer

Thomas serves as the Smart Connected Factory Program Lead for John Deere. This program is aimed at driving all John Deere Manufacturing Units to a common Tech Stack of manufacturing tools. In collaboration with John Deere Global IT for Manufacturing, the Product Management Teams, and the manufacturing units, Thomas guides the program to evaluate technologies,… Read more »

Dr Seemal Asif

Seemal is a highly skilled CU Control Lead overseeing an ATI-funded Airbus project. With a background in both academia and industry, she places a strong emphasis on human involvement in automation. Currently leading the research group IFRA, specialising in industrial robotics, integration, her focus spans areas such as robotic path correction, imitation learning, and coordinated… Read more »

James Bennie

James Bennie is Ford UK’s esteemed Manager of Digital Manufacturing Engineering & Layout, with a 23-year tenure shaping the future of automotive manufacturing. A champion of Industry 4.0, his leadership in deploying digital manufacturing solutions and optimising plant layouts has been pivotal to Ford’s European operations. James boasts an impressive academic portfolio with a Master… Read more »